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Jazz Sextet Continues To Groove

Jazz Sextet Continues To Groove

She’s been at it for 35 years, but Toni Blodgett’s love of jazz continues to fuel her band’s unique blend of what she calls “more traditional” music. What it really means is her group has access to a vast repertoire of jazz tunes and has develo Posted: Jun 25, 2016
Author: Tim Collins
Published by: VicNews
In this Article Artist(s) CanUS Hot Jazz Band
The GARVIES Story

The GARVIES Story

GARVIES was essentially, up until a few weeks ago, the pipe-dream of a musically untrained illegal immigrant surfer poet from 17 000 km away, turned reality here on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He was playing bass in a rock band call... Posted: Apr 1, 2019
Published by: Ukeedaze Magazine Vol. 15 / Fall 2018
Author: Daz Collins
In this Article Artist(s) Daz Collins

Review: Canadian Guitarist West Coast Comerford happy to play blues

A story on west coast Canadian blues guitar man, West Coast Comerford. Comerford has played in many blues bands out of Victoria, including the Rockin' Devils, All Them Blues Band and Uncle Wiggly's Hot Shoes Blues Band. The piece was published on Digita Posted: Jan 9, 2017
Author: Marcus Hondro
Published by: Digital Journal
In this Article Artist(s) Uncle Wigglys Hot Shoes Blues Band, Mark Comerford, Mark Johnson, Hank Leonhardt, Hubert Sumlin, Muddy Waters Resource(s): Harpo's in Victoria

Give some love to the Hub

Organizers of Cowichan Station’s 125th birthday bash are asking folks in the community for 125 “little labours of love.” And whether that’s in the form of inviting neighbours for tea or a potluck, tidying a local landmark, organi... Posted: Nov 22, 2013
Published by: Cowichan News Leader
Author: Ashley Degraaf
In this Article Resource(s): The HUB at Cowichan Station

Press reviews

Bluegrass fans were treated to a lively and fun evening Friday night, Nov. 4, at Char's Landing. Bluegrass Fever tore through an eclectic repertoire, consisting of traditional American tunes like Sweet Sally Brown and Fly Around My Prett... Posted: Dec 30, 2014
Published by: Alberni Valley times
Author: Florentia Scott
In this Article Artist(s) Bluegrass Fever

The Pack AD / Cadaver Dogs / The TVees / Valerie Graham

The Pack AD / Cadaver Dogs / The TVees / Valerie Graham ANZA Club June 20th, 2008 Dave Bertrand So we swagger in with our free stamps and I'm feelin' good – old friends in the house, old friends at the bar, fist of beer; I enjoy the... Posted: Jun 27, 2008
Published by: The Skinny Magazine
Author: Dave Bertrand
In this Article Artist(s) Cadaver Dogs, The Pack A.D., VALERIE GRAHAM, The TVees Resource(s): The Anza Club
Still Blue CD Review

Still Blue CD Review

Bill Johnson contributes eight originals to his Still Blue, each one a fine example of a contemporary blues song, not merely a retread of a familiar 12 bar theme, and each sung in his evocative voice. The variety of approaches, from the sne... Posted: Jan 8, 2015
Author: Tom Hyslop
Published by: Blues Revue Magazine June/July 2011
In this Article Artist(s) Bill Johnson

Neil Young's Harvest Moon given new life in B.C. jazz star's latest album

Victoria's Maureen Washington lays it all on the line in her new album, which remembers her husband Posted: Nov 4, 2018
Author: Jon Hernandez
Published by: CBC News
In this Article Artist(s) Maureen Washington Resource(s): CBC'S Hot Air
Testing Metal with Grant Truesdell of Unleash the Archers

Testing Metal with Grant Truesdell of Unleash the Archers

On the evening of the band’s record release party at The Red Room, Factory Worker Media met with Unleash the Archers guitarist Grant Truesdell in the building’s old vault to discuss challenges to songwriting, community-building, and navigating the roi Posted: Jul 29, 2015
Author: Shane Lange
Published by: Factory Worker Media
In this Article Artist(s) Unleash The Archers

Cowichan Artisans Spring Studio Tour

A preview of our studio tour Posted: May 5, 2019
Published by: times colonist epaper
Author: Times Colonist
In this Article Artist(s) Cowichan Artisans, Wilma Millette
“Fergot Mu\' Biscuits:” On the Deathstar Tour with The Pack A.D. (Part One!)

“Fergot Mu' Biscuits:” On the Deathstar Tour with The Pack A.D. (Part One!)

These gals...crazy. Vancouver to Toronto for a single gig. Fly home. Immediately pack the tour van. Cross the border at night. Drive 15 hours to a poorly attended Monday night show in Denver. Who does that? The Pack A.D., mofo, that's who.... Posted: May 6, 2008
Published by: The Skinny Magazine
Author: David Bertrand
In this Article Artist(s) The Pack A.D. Resource(s): sxsw
CD Review for Still Blue

CD Review for Still Blue

CD Review for Still Blue Mr. Johnson jumped into view as a nominee for Guitarist of the Year in 2006. This Victoria-based bluesman jammed onstage after the Awards Show and left behind a couple of impressive CDs. This new one is even... Posted: Jan 8, 2015
Author: John Valenteyn
Published by: Toronto Blues Society : Maple Blues News
In this Article Artist(s) Bill Johnson
Sun Wizard, Adelaide, MINTO and The Stumblers Inn

Sun Wizard, Adelaide, MINTO and The Stumblers Inn

The Railway Club, May 15th, 2009 The signature choo choo train circled the ceiling of the Railway Club as Sun Wizard took the stage on May 15th. The first of four Vancouver bands, Sun Wizard warmed up the crowd in their third performanc... Posted: May 24, 2009
Published by: The Skinny Magazine
Author: Sarah Westwood
In this Article Artist(s) The Stumblers Inn, Adelaide, Sun Wizard , MINTO Resource(s): Railway Club

How to Gather Family Stories

My great grandmother was a school teacher. She raised five children in small town Alberta. When she reached the point of near exhaustion, she would grab a book and a blanket. Then she’d tell her husband she needed a break and she’d disa... Posted: Apr 14, 2015
In this Article Artist(s) Debbie Bateman
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The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.

The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division